desktop

noun
desk·​top | \ ˈdesk-ˌtäp \

Definition of desktop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the top surface of a desk also : an area or window on a computer screen in which icons are arranged in a manner analogous to objects on top of a desk
2 : a desktop computer

desktop

adjective

Definition of desktop (Entry 2 of 2)

: of a size that can be conveniently used on a desk or table desktop computers — compare laptop — see also desktop publishing

Examples of desktop in a Sentence

Noun

The desktop was covered with books and stacks of papers. He created a new folder on his desktop.

Adjective

She is working on a desktop video project.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not in the eyes of Los Angeles artists and brothers Simon and Nikolai Haas, who’ve sheathed a slicer in a desktop caddy that doubles as art. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Maison & Objet 2019: Best in Show From the Paris Design Fair," 25 Jan. 2019 That technology lets users access a specific desktop that’s saved on a centralized server. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Samsung’s 2019 TVs will support input devices, like keyboards and mice for your PC," 27 Dec. 2018 The project, just launched on Kickstarter, is a small desktop 3D printer that connects to 3D graphics software, allowing people to craft refined objects like vases, light fixtures, and detailed buddha heads. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New 3D printer takes the mess out of ceramics," 11 Dec. 2018 This year, more than 429,000 of you made your voices heard, via desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Do the Readers' Choice Awards Work?," 9 Oct. 2018 Further Reading iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed Mobile device comparisons aside, the laptop and desktop are more or less the ultimate target. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system on a chip," 7 Nov. 2018 Few of them, though, focus on a target as ubiquitous as Windows, an operating system that still boasts nearly 90 percent market share for laptop and desktop computers worldwide. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Elite Microsoft Hacker Team That Keeps Windows PCs Safe," 10 June 2018 The service can be used on a desktop, tablet or Android or IOS device. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Digital Tools That Teach Children About Philanthropy," 16 Dec. 2018 Use the save function in your eBay app or on desktop. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "8 Things to Know Before You Buy or Sell on eBay," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Another issue: The participants in the study were using a desktop version of the app in a computer in the clinic—not on their own phones and on their own time. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The FDA Thinks This App Could Help People With Opioid Use Disorder Stay in Recovery," 17 Dec. 2018 The games will be available on @adidasFballUS on both mobile and desktop devices, and will be accompanied by a Twitter timeline with additional coverage and tweets. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Adidas is partnering with Twitter to stream high school football games," 19 Aug. 2018 For anyone rocking a desktop PC, a new graphics card could be in order. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "The 5 best deals in Newegg's Early Black Friday Sale," 2 Nov. 2018 Deals on various laptops, desktop PC, monitors, TVs, accessories, etc. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Memorial Day sales on TVs, laptops, and more are underway [Updated]," 28 May 2018 The third doesn’t exploit any vulnerability at all in Telegram, since (1) developers are clear the desktop version doesn’t provide secret chats and (2) the malware relies on the social engineering of a user. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "It has been a bad week for encrypted messaging and it’s only Wednesday," 16 May 2018 Microsoft is replacing the desktop version of OneNote with the Windows 10 version in Office 2019, along with making the entire Office suite only work on Windows 10. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft Office 2019 kills off OneNote desktop app in favor of Windows 10 version," 18 Apr. 2018 Installing Amazon Assistant will enable desktop notifications for Prime Day deals and offer $5 off a Prime Day order of $25 or more. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "How to shop like a pro during Amazon Prime Day," 12 July 2018 The availability of applications in the Store is improving, but for now there remains large functional gaps that only desktop applications can fill. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Latest Windows preview suggests you’ll be able to turn S Mode on and off," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of desktop

Noun

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1958, in the meaning defined above

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desktop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of desktop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the top surface of a desk
: a computer that is designed to be used on a desk or table : a desktop computer
: an area or window on a computer screen in which small pictures (called icons) are arranged like objects on top of a desk

desktop

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of desktop (Entry 2 of 2)

: of a size that is suitable to be used on a desk or table
: done using a personal computer

desktop

noun
desk·​top | \ ˈdesk-ˌtäp \

Kids Definition of desktop

1 : the top of a desk
2 : a computer that is used on a desk or table and is too big to be moved easily
3 : an area on a computer screen in which items are arranged as if they were objects on top of a desk

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